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Hofmann, Michael 1957 August 25-

Works: 101 works in 373 publications in 2 languages and 24,221 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Political fiction  Records and correspondence  Personal narratives‡vGerman  Psychological fiction  Diaries  Short stories  Parodies, imitations, etc 
Roles: Translator, Editor, Author of introduction
Classifications: PT2621.A26, 833.912
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Most widely held works by Michael Hofmann
An innocent soldier by Josef Holub ( Book )
3 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,649 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A sixteen-year-old farmhand is tricked into fighting in the Napoleonic Wars by the farmer for whom he works, who secretly substitutes him for the farmer's own son
The land of green plums : a novel by Herta Müller ( Book )
9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The lives of a group of Romanian students under Communism, with its poverty, regimentation and depressing greyness. Life gets no better after graduation, so much so that several commit suicide
Every man dies alone by Hans Fallada ( Book )
4 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This never-before-translated masterpiece is based on a true story. It presents a richly detailed portrait of life in Berlin under the Nazis and tells the sweeping saga of one working-class couple who decides to take a stand when their only son is killed at the front
The seventh well by Fred Wander ( Book )
7 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An Austrian Jew and photojournalist who was interned at 20 different Nazi camps between 1939 and 1945, Wander (1917-2006) first published this loosely structured novel in East Germany in 1970. Spare, haunting anecdotes memorialize Jews who died senseless, undignified deaths in Nazi concentration camps. The book is much more than a catalogue of horrors and of courage, as Wanders's narrator struggles to find the language to describe what he has seen
What I saw : reports from Berlin, 1920-1933 by Joseph Roth ( Book )
4 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 773 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
" ... Roth's essays record the violent social and political paroxysms that threatened to undo the precarious democracy that was the Weimar Republic."--Dust jacket
Amerika : the man who disappeared by Franz Kafka ( Book )
8 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A new translation of Kafka's unfinished 1927 novel in which young Karl Rossman, banished to America, embarks on a series of misadventures during which he sees the nation from a range of perspectives before landing at the Great Nature Theater of Oklahoma
Seven years by Peter Stamm ( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 646 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alexander is torn between two very different women. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man could want: intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious. But when the seven-year itch sets in, Alexander soon finds himself rekindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman who worked in a Catholic mission is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alexander is inexplicably drawn to her while despising himself for it. Lost between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alexander is stuck in a spiraling threesome
The tale of the 1002nd night by Joseph Roth ( Book )
5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 638 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A visit by the Shah of Persia to 19th century Vienna sets in motion a tale of political and romantic intrigue. The other protagonists are Baron Taittinger, a cavalry officer appointed by the government to entertain the shah, and the baron's mistress who becomes the shah's lover
The collected stories of Joseph Roth by Joseph Roth ( Book )
8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth are collected in English for the first time. These seventeenth stories and novellas, perhaps more than any other work of fiction of Roth (1894-1939), echo the intensity of his greatest novel, The Radetzky March. Spanning Roth's entire career, and including several stories that have only recently come to light in Germany, this collection is a display of Roth's range and virtuosity."--BOOK JACKET
Frost by Thomas Bernhard ( Book )
5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Frost follows an unnamed young Austrian who accepts an unusual assignment. Rather than continue with his medical studies, he travels to a bleak mining town in the back of beyond, in order to clinically observe the aged painter, Strauch, who happens to be the brother of this young man's surgical mentor. The catch is this: Strauch must not know the young man's true occupation or the reason for his arrival. Posing as a promising law student with a love of Henry James, the young man befriends the mad artist and is caught up among an equally extraordinary cast of local characters, from his resentful landlady to the town's mining engineers
The hothouse by Wolfgang Koeppen ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Harrowing, moody, and supremely powerful, "The Hothouse", first published in 1953, stands among the finest novels written in postwar Germany. Largely unrecognized beyond Germany during his lifetime, Koeppen sought to make sense of German life amid the vast political and social reconstruction of the war-ravaged nation
After Ovid : new metamorphoses ( Book )
17 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 534 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the great works in classical literature, and a primary source for our knowledge of much of classic mythology, in which the relentless theme of transformation stands as a primary metaphor for the often cataclysmic dynamics of life itself. The British poets Michael Hofmann and James Lasdun have invited more than forty leading English-language poets to create their own idiomatic contemporary versions of some of the most famous and notorious stories from the Metamorphoses. Apollo and Daphne, Pyramus and Thisbe, Proserpina, Marsyas, Medea, Baucis and Philemon, Orpheus and Eurydice - these and many other deathless myths are brought to startling, fresh life in exciting new versions. The contributors - among them Fleur Adcock, Amy Clampitt, Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Lawrence Joseph, Kenneth Koch, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon, Les Murray, Robert Pinsky, Frederick Seidel, Charles Simic, and C.K
We're flying : stories by Peter Stamm ( Book )
5 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 512 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A follow-up to Seven Years presents an anthology of stories that employ the acclaimed Swiss author's use of direct prose, deceptively simple narratives and deep psychological insights into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life
Storm of steel by Ernst Jünger ( Book )
9 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides a memoir of the First World War through the eyes of an ordinary German soldier who viewed the war as a personal struggle, testing himself by leading raiding parties and enduring as his comrades were killed
Death in Rome by Wolfgang Koeppen ( Book )
9 editions published between 1992 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A former Nazi general, now training Arab terrorists, attends a family reunion in Rome, his son being a priest. The novel chronicles his disgust with a degenerate city which he knew as a conqueror and his attempt to get even with the Jews by seducing a barmaid, an attempt that backfires when she turns out to be a Catholic. By the author of Pigeons on the Grass
Report from a Parisian paradise : essays from France, 1925-1939 by Joseph Roth ( Book )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 469 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Joseph Roth, the greatest newspaper correspondent of his age, left the splintering Weimar Republic for France in 1925 and produced, until his death in 1939, some of the finest writing of his career. Collected here for the first time, Roth's essays form an unrivaled portrait of France in the late 1920s and 1930s - a society at a twentieth-century crossing point - resolute in its desire to preserve a past that was already crumbling while at the same time drawn to the seductive rhythms of urban life. Roth describes a world where the center could not hold - a portrait of a country unknowingly barreling toward social collapse and political anarchy."--Jacket
Joseph Roth : a life in letters by Joseph Roth ( Book )
9 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The tumultuous life of the Austrian writer best known for "The Radetzky March" is described through letters that recall his father's and wife's mental illnesses, numerous mistresses, and travel to Paris
The metamorphosis and other stories by Franz Kafka ( Book )
8 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A seemingly ordinary man, Gregor Samsa wakes up one morning only to discover that he has been transformed into a gigantic insect and must deal with the depression over his new physical alteration, as well as the rejection of his family, in a new translation honoring the 125th anniversary of the author's birth
Twentieth-century German poetry : an anthology ( Book )
6 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and German and held by 438 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This groundbreaking anthology will serve as the standard for years to come. Michael Hofmann has assembled brilliant translations of the major German poets of the last century, from Rilke and Brecht to Durs Grunbein and Jan Wagner, in an approachable, readable, and endlessly interesting collection. Here we find poetry as a living counterforce to sociopolitical reality; poetry of dissent and fear and protest; poetry of private griefs and music. From the subtlety and elegance of Brecht, to the extraordinary "jargon-glooms" of Gottfried Bonn, to the oblique (and straightforward) responses to the country's villainous history, to the bitter, cleansed, and haunted poetry of the postwar years, this anthology illuminates the full span of twentieth-century German verse, ending with a reunified country looking at itself and its neighbors in new ways. This is an essential and timely collection of poems from a tumultuous, violent, tragic, and hopeful century, written in the language of those who were at the heart of the matter."--BOOK JACKET
The voyage that never ends : fictions, poems, fragments, letters by Malcolm Lowry ( Book )
7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A portrait in his own words of one of the twentieth-century's most original and tragic writers, The Voyage that Never Ends is the first collection to draw on the whole range of Malcolm Lowry's work above and beyond his masterpiece Under the Volcano. When Lowry died at the age of 48--in the coroner's words, "of misadventure"--He left a great deal of extraordinary work that had remained uncollected or unpublished in the course of a life driven equally by a passion for writing and addiction to alcohol--stories, novellas, half-finished novels, including significant portions of the long-contemplated epic tale of suffering and redemption that was to follow Under the Volcano's unsparing account of a modern hell. This material, scattered among various volumes, some of them scholarly editions of limited availability and many of them out of print for years, is here drawn on by the British poet and critic Michael Hofmann to present an unequalled picture of Lowry's range and achievement. Including the idyllic story "The Forest Path to the Spring," the brilliantly experimental "Through the Panama," and augmented by Lowry's letters and poems, The Voyage that Never Ends introduces readers to a new Malcolm Lowry, a great and doomed writer who, like Jack Kerouac and Sylvia Plath, staked everything on his art
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Hofmann, M.
Hofmann, Michael, 1957 Aug. 25-
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